WESTFIELD – The pilot of a private plane escaped uninjured after the twin-engine plane suddenly crashed during takeoff around noon Tuesday, according to Barnes Municipal Airport.
The pilot suffered no injuries, said airport manager Chris Willenborg.
The plane has been pulled off the tarmac and the airport is open, he said.
“He was trying to land and he lost directional control and that made him sink straight into the ground,” he said.
Video footage shows the aircraft descending the runway and about to take off. It takes off from the ground then suddenly turns. The left wing tip struck the ground and the aircraft landed prone and skidded on the runway.
Airport officials initially called the crash an “incident” and not an accident, but Willenborg said Barnes would notify the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board and let them make the decision.
The FAA considers an accident is any event during the operation of the aircraft in which a person is killed or injured, and the aircraft is substantially damaged. An incident is a non-injury event where the aircraft sustains damage.
Willenborg said the cause of the loss of control of the plane was unclear. Winds at the airport have consistently been 15 to 20 mph for much of the day, he said.